Christmas Chocolates November 10 2016
'Tis the season...
It’s always fun when the team here at The London Chocolate Co have to create new chocolates – but it’s particularly exciting when we’re taking on the challenge of developing chocolates for Christmas!
Our gin and tonic truffles have always been especially popular at Xmas time and we’re certain people will feel the same about the prosecco truffles this year but we also wanted to create a small batch of exclusive treats as an extra special gift, so when thinking about Christmas flavours we thought we’d start with none other than a gingerbread truffle – a smooth milk chocolate ganache infused with a subtle gingerbread spice mix, perfectly finished with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. Limited Edition of 100 boxes.
We then chose to create a Christmas chocolate treat for children to enjoy so what better than a milk chocolate lollipop with a snowflake pattern - ideal for Xmas parties and available in packs of 5, available exclusively at Not On The High Street.
Finally, something a little more sophisticated for Christmas – dark chocolate brandy truffles with a beautiful snowflake design… Limited edition of 100 boxes.
The 10 Best Coffee Shops in London May 27 2016
Here at The London Chocolate Company we know a thing or two about great coffee – probably because we get through enough of it in the day, everything from a Mocha (who doesn’t like the combination of coffee and chocolate!) to an energising Bulletproof coffee and whilst the big and often mediocre coffee chains are doing their best to squeeze into every corner of the capital, London now has a delightful array of artisan coffee shops and dedicated coffee bean roasters. So on a glorious weekend in London we decided to venture out and visit as many of them as we could, below is our top 10…
Workshop Coffee (various locations)
Workshop has a few coffee bars across London but it’s their award winning café and roastery in Clerkenwell that we love the most. Aside from their beautifully crafted coffees, they also serve delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner at this location and we’ve consistently found the service to be excellent. With plenty of seating you won’t be waiting long to enjoy this gem of a café. You can also purchase coffee and equipment either in the café or via their website and book a coffee masterclass to perfect your home brewing techniques.
The Attendant (Fitzrovia)
First and foremost this place is worth a visit just to see the location of this café – it resides in a beautifully transformed Victorian toilet that had originally been built around 1890! Just a 5 minute walk from Oxford Street, the coffee here is expertly crafted and the food is amazing. We only wish it was bigger as there isn’t much in the way of seating.
TAP Coffee (various locations)
There’s an infectious buzz when you walk into TAP’s coffee shops and whilst they’re not the quietest of places, they give you the sense of a thriving community. The food offering was by far one of the best we’ve seen in London’s artisan cafés and there was plenty of seating at the café we visited on Wardour Street. The coffee was robust and quite frankly delicious!
Kaffeine’s 2 trendy London locations are just a 5 minute walk from Oxford Street. They serve delicious Square Mile coffee and the quality of the food is outstanding. There’s something about the people here that make you feel they really care about the product and service they’re delivering to the customer and we like that very much.
Black Sheep Coffee (various locations)
We originally stumbled across Black Sheep Coffee at the Great Portland Street location which can be entered from inside the tube station and instantly fell in love with the branding and of course the coffee. The brilliantly branded cups with their bold logo and slogan “Leave The Herd Behind” we’re an instant hit with us. The fact they proudly serve bulletproof coffee and allow you to buy “suspended coffees” gives them bonus points from The London Chocolate Company team!
Taylor St Baristas (various locations)
When we visited this award winning café which is located just behind Bond Street Station and just a few minutes from the Selfridges end of Oxford Street, the first thing we noticed was the delightful array of salads, sandwiches and cakes on display. The coffees brought to our table were delicious and the service was excellent. The café has plenty of seating although it can get quite busy during lunch, oh and they’ve recently opened their first café in New York!
Nude Espresso (Brick Lane)
Nude espresso roast their own beans and you can tell – the coffee was by far one of the best we experienced. With plenty of seating, a fantastic selection of high quality food and service to compliment, this is definitely worth a special visit. Their distinctive coffee is also available to order online either whole bean or ground.
Ozone Coffee Roasters (Shoreditch)
Ozone is another of London’s coffee shops that actually roast their own beans and again you can taste the difference because the coffee is outstanding. We use the term “coffee shop” loosely here because the venue is more the size of a restaurant and provides high quality breakfast, lunch and dinner via the open kitchen at the centre of the café. Coffee beans and equipment can be purchased online.
Monmouth Coffee (various locations)
Monmouth have been roasting coffee in London since 1978 and today they still stand as one of the best in the business. We visited their original and buzzing Covent Garden location and whilst the queue was fairly long, we were served our flat whites promptly and the fresh chocolate truffles were excellent. There’s very limited seating at this location so you’ll probably do best to order a coffee ‘to go’ and enjoy the other beautiful sights of Covent Garden.
Sacred Coffee (various locations)
We visited Sacred Coffee in Westfield London (located in the atrium). All our coffees were carefully made and consistent – it’s by far the best coffee available in the shopping centre. The coffee at Sacred is rich and robust – just the way we like it and they make an excellent mocha which we love! There’s usually plenty of seating available and a variety of good quality food.
If you love coffee - take a look at our delicious Espresso Martini Chocolate Truffles.
Easter 2016 February 26 2016
For Easter this year we've created some very moreish premium hazelnut and almond milk chocolate praline mini eggs (yes they're as good as they sound!) presented in a gift box and also by popular demand we've put our best selling gin and tonic truffles into a hand made milk chocolate shell.
There are only 100 Limited editions of each, available to purchase at the link below:
Valentine's 2016 Chocolates January 26 2016
For Valentine's this year we've combined two of our most popular flavours into a gift box. Our classic strawberries and cream truffle and our moreish pink champagne truffle and presented them in a white gift box with our logo embossed in a metallic rose gold colour. Don't forget you can send an anonymous box of chocolates to your Valentine and include a complimentary gift card message at the checkout. Happy Valentine's Day!
A collection worthy of celebration October 20 2015
With the festive season fast approaching, here at The London Chocolate Company we thought about what our friends might like to give and receive as gifts. Our truffles have always been available in individual flavours but we felt that giving a gift, especially when attending a dinner party or visiting a family it would be nice to have a variety of truffles in a gift box to cater for different tastes – so we created our Signature Celebration Collection, featuring our Pink Champagne, Gin & Tonic, Ginger Beer and Salted Caramel Whisky truffles in a luxury gift box. For something extra special this year we’ve created a delightful Limited Edition Gin and Tonic Gift box which would make an ideal gift for a gin lover or food enthusiast.
Salted Caramel Whisky Truffles June 02 2015
A few weeks ago we launched our unique whisky truffles. There are lots of other whisky truffles available in the marketplace but being The London Chocolate Company we wanted to create something a little different. After testing a single malt whisky in a variety of ganaches, caramels and milk, white and dark chocolates; we added a little sea salt to our home made caramel and finally blended the silky mixture with a measure of whisky. Finally we piped the mixture into a dark chocolate shell and dusted the truffle with fine cocoa powder.
Limited Edition Christmas Gift Sets November 14 2014
As a luxury chocolate producer in London, we’ve chosen to create some beautiful gift sets to celebrate the 2014 festive season. Each item in the gift sets has been carefully selected for its quality, taste and presentation. Only 100 of these sets have been produced specifically for Christmas 2014.
Apart from our delicious truffles, we’ve included gourmet popcorn from Joe and Seph’s. We had the pleasure of meeting the team behind Joe and Seph’s at the Speciality Food Show in London Olympia and after tasting their popcorn we instantly knew we wanted their products in our gift sets.
We’ve also included some quality tea from none other than the world famous Fortnum and Mason in two of the gift sets whilst the Gin and Tonic Gift Set contains a Williams Chase Elegant Gin Miniature.
There are only 100 of these gifts sets, so they’ll make a truly unique Christmas gift this year.
Speciality Food Exhibition September 08 2014We've been super busy over the past few days, preparing to exhibit our lovely truffles at the 2014 Speciality & Fine Food Fair, which includes the Speciality Chocolate Fair. It's an opportunity for us to connect with our wonderful retailer partners and of course discover some new ones! If you're a retailer and would like to have a chat about our chocolate products, the trade exhibition is open for another 2 days at London Olympia.
Doctor of Chocolate August 23 2014
If you’ve ever wanted to be a real life Willy Wonka, Cambridge University might be the place for you! The University is currently offering a PHD in chocolate! Alas, if you think it involves making and tasting lots of sweet treats you might be slightly disappointed. Think more along the lines of science, maths, engineering and physics for the three and a half year course.
Ginger Beer Dark Chocolate Truffles December 06 2013A few days ago, we launched our dark chocolate ginger beer truffles. Ginger Beer is said to have originated in Yorkshire, England in the 18th century and was soon exported worldwide. By the start of the 20th century it was produced in almost every town in the United Kingdom. Although ginger beer was originally produced as an alcoholic beverage, these days it’s a predominantly alcohol free beverage, just like our truffles! Our ginger beer truffles are made of a chocolate ganache infused with ginger oil surrounded in a thick dark chocolate shell with a little popping candy to give it a touch of fizz, perfect after dinner or with a coffee.
English Rose Truffles November 01 2013Roses and chocolate make for a romantic combination; today we launch an elegant truffle that encompasses both. Creating this truffle was a little trickier than we originally thought; many chocolatiers use a syrup base for ‘rose creams’ which is okay if paired with dark chocolate but with milk chocolate it becomes a little too sweet. So rather than adding flavour to a syrup base, we created a simple milk chocolate ganache (chocolate and cream) and added a few drops of essential rose oil, being extra careful not to overpower the chocolate and piped it into a thick milk chocolate shell. We finished with a little dark chocolate to balance the sweetness. The result is a fine milk chocolate with a delicate floral aroma of rose.
Salt and Vinegar truffle October 01 2013
Today we launch our amazing Salt and Vinegar truffles, yes we know they sound a little crazy but at a recent trade event in London everyone that tried one of the truffles immediately responded with “OMG!”, “Wow”, “ That actually works”. When we were looking at quintessential British flavours, salt and vinegar was one we just had to have – and like most of our chocolates we chose the flavour and then thought about how we’d make it work with chocolate! A few months later and with the help of some lovely Madagascan vanilla, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and of course dark and white chocolate we created this remarkable truffle. This has become one of our favourite chocolates and we can't wait for you to try it.